New Clue Emerges About Trump’s 2024 Running Mate

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This week, more information regarding the prospective running partner for former President Donald Trump in 2024 has come to light.

A recent report from 1945 claims that Trump’s choice for vice president in 2024 will likely “stun the world” and actually suggests three candidates: Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican Kari Lake of Arizona, and Republican Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota.

According to the report, “Lake certainly looked ascendant last fall when she was competing for Arizona’s governorship. She enjoyed Trump’s endorsement, and she enjoyed favorable coverage in conservative media. It’s not hard to understand why. Lake is a unique creature, spewing the hard right rhetoric that MAGA Nation finds so endearing while doing so with the glitz and polish of a seasoned TV reporter. She was delivering Trump’s message – but she was doing so without the spray tan and the guttural accent and the lack of eloquence. Rather, Lake delivered Trump’s message all pretty-like.”

Regarding Greene, the report said: “Trump loves her and she loves Trump. And impressively, MTG seems to be pivoting into a position of more mainstream acceptance with the GOP (as demonstrated through her support of Kevin McCarthy for speaker). The version of MTG that can appeal to both MAGA and the mainstream is a concerning premise, and someone that Trump has his eye on as a prospective running mate with appeal in the newly-in-play Georgia.”

The report then speculated on Noem, stating: “The governor of South Dakota is apparently on Trump’s shortlist. Noem said she would be shocked if Trump chose her and I think she means it; she is a long-shot pick. But she’s got a few of the things Trump guns for. One, Noem has been loyal to Trump, vowing to support the former president through the 2024 campaign. And Trump values loyalty above seemingly all else.”

Trump’s campaign provided some intriguing information about his probable running mate last week.

The 45th president is likely to choose a vice presidential candidate who is “loyal,” “charismatic,” and “ideologically aligned,” according to Trump insiders who talked to the Daily Caller.

“No candidates have publicly announced their intent to be Trump’s VP, but the former president has indicated that ‘a lot of people’ are ‘auditioning’ behind the scenes. Trump insiders told the Caller that although there haven’t been any formal discussions to narrow down the pool, there are a set of characteristics that will likely be considered,” the Daily Caller reported.

Even while they did not precisely name anyone in the interview, the insiders did provide some information about the kind of person he would be interested in.

An unnamed Trump aide was quoted in a recent Politico article as saying that the 45th president will likely select a running mate “from three general lanes of candidates: women, conservatives of color, or a trusted adviser.”

The Washington Examiner reported that Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Elise Stefanik of New York, Sarah Huckabee Sanders of Arkansas, and Kari Lake of Arizona, all Republicans, could be high on Trump’s shortlist.

The Washington Examiner continued:

Sanders, the youngest governor in the United States and the longest-tenured press secretary in the Trump White House, flew up political draft boards after she delivered what Trump supporters agree was an “exceptionally strong” response to Biden’s State of the Union on Feb. 7.

Noem was elected as South Dakota’s first female governor in 2018 after spending more than a decade in the House of Representatives and has made a name for herself as a leading Republican lawmaker in the so-called “culture wars.”

Stefanik, the current chairwoman of the House GOP conference, was elected as a centrist Republican in 2015 but, after serving on the president’s defense team during his first impeachment, has shifted increasingly to the right. She frequently touts her strong ties to Trump and even endorsed his 2024 run days before he announced his candidacy.

Lake is perhaps the strangest potential pick and one many current and former Trump advisers hope he avoids. The former Phoenix-area news anchor lost her Trump-endorsed 2022 gubernatorial bid against Democrat Katie Hobbs, but she only further endeared herself to the former president by repeatedly claiming that widespread fraud occurred in the 2020 election.

Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia is one name that is omitted from the Washington Examiner piece after she had recently been mentioned in the media as a potential pick.


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